Thomas Allom 1804 - 1872
View of Vera Cruz, Mexico within a decorative border
Photo: R.A.
© Royal Academy of Arts, London
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View of Vera Cruz, Mexico within a decorative border, by 1872
pencil, pen and ink with wash, heightened with white on cream wove paper, 111 X 70 mm
Given by Leverhulme Trust, 1936
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A small vignette of the harbour of Vera Cruz, Mexico, drawn within an unfinished decorative border.

Thomas Allom was primarily an architect but he also produced topographical views like this one, many of which were published as illustrations.
This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.

E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.

Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.